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An abundance of treasures - old, new and antique - are waiting to be discovered in the beautiful Illawarra. Just where to go next. Its decisions, decisions all the way when looking for the top spots in the area north of Wollongong.

Coming from Sydney follow the F6 to Waterfall and then take the first turn on the right - yes follow the route 60 signs and the Helensburgh pointer. From Bulli Pass, turn right at the route 60 sign and follow the Helensburgh pointer.From Appin, once again take the "north route" do not enter the F6 but turn left at the route 60 sign.

The Coastal route is much simpler - just follow Lawrence Hargrave Drive, from the south or Lady Wakehurst Drive from the north. Nature Reserve to see one of the worlds finest vista. The views over the Pacific Ocean and the lush hinterland are breath taking. And there's plenty of other sight seeing and recreations whether you are looking for a game of golf, a visit to an orchard or a plant nursery. How to get there is really very simple and the golden rule is to follow the route 60 signs.

Read more about Helensburgh in the South Coast Leisure Times - Online Magazine

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stanwellparkStanwell Park could be regarded as the picturesque gateway to the Illawarra and is an ideal destination for day trippers or a longer stay. While at Stanwell Park, don’t miss visiting Articles Fine Art Gallery, owned by John and Frances Vander. John has been a full time artist for more than 33 years and has won many awards. His art work is represented in leading Australian galleries as well as in private collections here and overseas. John’s works can be seen on permanent display at Articles Fine Art Gallery where visitors can also admire quality and excellence in paintings, pottery, glass and sculptures.

The gallery houses a mixed display of works by more that 40 artists, including Kevin Best, Richard Bogusz, David Boyd, David Brayshaw, Robert Dickerson, Peter Fennell, Norman Lindsay and Max Mannix to name a few.

While admiring the art, it pays to admire the beauty of Stanwell Park itself, which, over the centuries has attracted artists worldwide to admire the spectacular natural beauty. Nestled in the fold of Illawarra escarpment, Stanwell Park is noted for its beaches, bushland and the majesty of Bald Hill. Australia’s pioneer of flight, Lawrence Hargrave, is an ex-resident of the village and he carried out many of his experiments at Bald Hill. The main coastal road, Lawrence Hargrave Drive / Grand Pacific Drive, maintains the link with history and also provides magnificent views of the coast north from Bulli via the new Sea Cliff Bridge. Bald Hill is famous for its spectacular views and it also attracts many hang gliders flying the Illawarra coastline, which is a beautiful sight on a lovely summer’s day.

Read about Stanwell Park in South Coast Leisure Times - Online Magazine

Read about Stanwell Park in Wollongong Visitors Guide - Online Magazine

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